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Raleigh, N. C, May 31, 1911. 

Dear Brethren: — I submit herewith my sixteenth and seven- 
teenth Annual Reports, which are the forty-fifth and forty-sixth 
respectively, since the establishment of the institution. No An- 
nual Report was issued last year, as it was not prepared until so 
late that it was thought best not to send it out. Miss Emily C. 
Ayer, who had been for ten years the clerk, was stricken with 
paralysis just a few days before Commencement. The accounts 
were so incomplete that it took a long time for an accountant to 
get them into proper shape for the preparation of the Annual 
Financial Report. On account of the great delay, it was thought 
best to combine the report of the two years in one. 


The enrollment in all the departments for the academic year 
closed today was 550; last year it was 531. The average daily 
attendance was 462. More than a hundred applicants were re- 
fused for lack of room. 

On Thursday, June 11th, there were graduated 78 students, as 

Medical 24 

Pharmacy 6 

Theological 9 

College 22 

Normal 19 

Domestic arts 2 

Counted twice, having received two degrees.... 4 

The practice of issuing certificates for work in the Industrial 
Departments has been discontinued. 



There has been no epidemic during the year, and the general 
condition of health has been about the average. The winter was 
very mild, though the spring was late and cold, and the heating 
plant was run almost up to Commencement day. I wish to 
renew my recommendation for the establishing of a gymnasium, 
where physical training can be regularly given. 


I am gratified to report that the city government has con- 
structed a sewer in Wilmington, Smithfield and Blount streets. 

Physical Condition 

Careful attention has been paid to the physical condition of the 
property, and minor repairs have been made whenever needed. 
The grounds have been kept in excellent condition, and the Shaw 
campus is said to be one of the attractive features of the city of 

Religious Life 

Reverend P. P. Malloy, D.D., during early February, conducted 
a series of religious meetings, which resulted in thirteen con- 
versions and a general quickening of the religious life of the 
institution. It is intended to have two series of meetings next 
year, one just after the opening of the session, and the other at 
the middle of the session, the first to be followed by a series of 
Bible lectures. Regular preaching services have oeen held every 
Sunday morning from 8:45 to 9:45 and Sunday School from 9:45 
to 10:45. These hours were selected so as to give all an oppor- 
tunity to attend services in town, which begin at 11 o'clock. The 
old established custom of a union prayer meeting of all depart- 
ments on Sunday night from 7:30 to 8:30 o'clock has been 
kept up. 


The receipts of the year, as will be seen by reference to the 
financial part of this report, have been larger than usual. It has 
required almost constant effort on the part of the Clerk and the 


Dean, assisted by the President, to bring about this result. 
Very little was due from the students at the close of the school 

Higher Salaries 

I have called attention in the past to the necessity for an in- 
crease in salaries, on account of the higher cost of the necessaries 
of life. I should also add that salaries have so increased in 
other parts of the country that it is getting difficult to obtain 
well educated and trained teachers of either race at our current 
salaries. I hope that some action can be taken at an early date 
for an increase in salaries. 

Additional Teachers 

In order for the work to be carried on properly in all depart- 
ments and without the teachers being overworked, there should 
be at least two additional teachers employed. There was a 
slight increase during the last year, and there will be one addi- 
tional next year. The creation of the positions of Dean and the 
Principal teacher has added greatly to the efficiency of the in- 


The Annual Address on Commencement day was given by 
Rev. Judson B. Thomas, D.D., of Chicago. Dr. Thomas was, for 
many years, District Secretary of the Home Mission Society, 
with headquarters in Chicago, and was thus familiar with the 
work and needs of the school. Rarely has a more intelligent or 
sympathetic address been given than the one by Dr. Thomas on 
Commencement day, which was so favorably commented upon 
by leading people of both races. 

Improvements Made 

Since my last report, a large three-story addition has been 
made to the Leonard Medical Building, besides some important 
interior changes. Three excellent laboratories have been built 
and fitted up and aside from this, good progress is now being 
made on the new hospital, which will be ready for use at the be- 
ginning of the next school year. As soon as these improvements 

are completed and the work of the new year is well under way, 
application will be made for the admission of the Leonard 
Medical School to the American Medical Association of Colleges. 
The up-to-date laboratory and hospital facilities ought to result 
in this application being successful. A modern toilet room has 
been installed in the Medical Dormitory. In the basement of 
the Tupper Memorial, a modern blacksmith shop is being fitted 
uy, and facilities are also being provided for the teaching of 

An addition to the south end of the Chapel, which is now being 
planned, will be completed before the beginning of the next 
school year, thus providing adequate kitchen facilities that have 
long been needed. The dining room will be enlarged by the 
addition of the old kitchen. 

Improvements Needed 

The Library has outgrown its quarters, and one of the most 
urgent needs of the institution at the present time is proper 
library facilities. Mr. Carnegie's gift of $15,000 for a library, 
conditioned upon the raising of $15,000 additional as an endow- 
ment for the library, was made several years ago. I do not see 
how an institution like Shaw University can do its work and meet 
the demand of students for reference books and general reading 
without a well equipped library. Fifteen thousand dollars ought 
to be provided at a very early date to secure the payment of Mr. 
Carnegie's conditional pledge. 

Another urgent demand is a recitation hall. The recitation 
rooms are in the basement of Shaw Hall, and they are all needed 
for other purposes. There ought to be at least one reception 
room in Shaw Hall, and one or more bath rooms, besides rooms 
for society and class meeting purposes. If we had a lecture hall, 
the basement of Shaw Hall could be used for the purposes named. 
An addition of something like thirty feet should be made to each 
end of the Medical Dormitory, so that the medical students can 
all live there instead of a part of them in Shaw Hall, as has 
been the practice for several years. 

School of Dentistry 

It would be wise to establish at an early date a school of dentis- 
try. Large numbers of applicants for admission into such a 
school are refused every year. A great work can be accomplished 
at comparatively little expense and with only a slight increase in 
the teaching force. Many of the subjects that students in dentistry 
study are the same as those in schools of medicine and pharmacy. 
A building ought to be erected at an early date for this purpose, 
just south of the Leonard Medical Building, an excellent loca- 
tion for such a school. 

Summer Sessions 

I have desired for many years to have summer sessions of most 
of the departments of Shaw University. This has not been possi- 
ble, however, because of a lack of suitable sanitary conveniences, 
as well as proper facilities for the boarding and housing of stu- 
dents. As these conveniences are gradually being provided, I 
think it would be well to consider the advisability of having 
summer sessions just as soon as all of the contemplated improve- 
ments have been made. Good work could be done during a sum- 
mer session in Theology, Pedagogy, Medicine, and Pharmacy. 

Higher Requirements for Graduation 

It is gratifying to note that all local, county and State exam- 
ining boards are insisting upon higher requirements in the grant- 
ing of certificates and licenses. This, of course, makes necessary 
a higher grade of work in all departments of Shaw University. 
I am gratified to be able to report that these new requirements 
are being at least fairly well met, but they could be better met 
if we had a larger teaching force. 

Higher Requirements for Admission 

In connection with the higher requirements for graduation, it 
will interest you to know that the school committee of Raleigh 
have recently added an eighth grade to the course of study in 
the colored graded schools. This will enable us to eliminate some 
of the lower grades from our courses of study and at an early 
date raise the requirements for admission. 

Miscellaneous Information 

The following may be of interest to you and useful for refer- 

Gross receipts for the year ended May 31, 1894 $22,818.85 

Gross receipts for the year ended May 31, 1910 43,177.47 

Total number of graduates in Law 50 

Previous to 1894 8 

Total number of graduates in Pharmacy 96 

Previous to 1894 1 

Total number of graduates in Medicine 303 

Previous to 1894 48 

Total number of Shaw graduates, Literary and Indus- 
trial Departments, previous to 1894 125 

Total number Shaw graduates, Literary and Industrial 
Departments, up to and including the year ended 

May 31, 1910 349 

Total number of Shaw graduates of all departments up 

to and including the year ended May 31, 1910 798 

Total number in all departments since 1894, and includ- 
ing the year ended May 31, 1910 616 

I append herewith my financial reports, a copy of each of which 
has been forwarded to Mr. F. T. Moulton, Treasurer. 

Financial Report for Year Ended May 31, 1910 

Receipts : 

Tuition $4,014.05 

Contributions 376.10 

Old accounts 131.17 

All other sources 1,673.25 

Loan from bank 2,100.00 $8,294.57 

Appropriations : 

Slater Fund $2,500.00 

A. B. H. M. S 8,385.48 10,885.48 

Deficit 4,636.81 


Expenditures : 

School supplies $774.59 

Repairs 1,777.89 

Special improvements 1,300.55 

Student labor 949.83 

Gratuities 227.50 

Sundries 5,213.28 

Teachers' salaries: 

Slater appropriation 2,500.00 

A. B. H. M. S 8,385.45 

Other salaries 340.00 

Other employees 2,347.74 $23,816.83 

Receipts : 

Tuition $78.00 

Old account 9.50 $87.50 

Deficit 95.70 

Expenditures: $183.20 

School supplies $10.70 

Gratuity 12.00 

Salary 160.50 $183.20 

Receipts : 

Tuition $1,026.00 

Old accounts 8.50 $1,034.50 

Deficit 1.13 

Expenditures: $1,035.63 

School supplies $98.26 

Gratuities 12.75 

Sundries 237.12 

Salaries 687.50 $1 ; 035.63 

„ $1,035.63 

Receipts : 

Tuition $2,230.00 

Contributions 61.56 

Old accounts 189.00 

Judson Wade Leonard Fund 250.00 

Sundries 197.04 $2,927.60 

Deficit 2,672.90 


Expenditures : 

School supplies $309.23 

Repairs 135.77 

Additions to property 12.75 

Student labor 39.53 

Janitor's service 146.00 

Gratuities 102.13 

Sundries 741.08 

Salaries 4,114.01 $5,600.50 

Receipts : 

Receipts for board $19,947.82 $19,947.82 

$19,947.82 $19,947.82 
Expenditures : 

Expenditures $12,410.50 

Surplus 7,537.32 $19,947.82 


Receipts : 

Medical Department $2,927.60 

Pharmacy Department 1,034.50 

Law Department 87.50 

Literary Department 19,180.05 

Boarding Department 19,947.82 $43,177.47 


Expenditures : 

Medical Department $5,603.50 

Pharmacy Department 1,036.33 

Law Department 183.20 

Literary Department 23,816.86 

Boarding Department 12,410.50 $43,050.39 

Surplus 127.08 

Financial Report for Year Ended May 31, 1911 


Receipts : 

Tuition $3,172.83 

Contributions 136.21 

Old accounts 107.50 

All other sources 4,460.17 

Loan from bank 2,250.00 

Profits on books 1,111.12 $11,237.83 


Slater Fund $2,500.00 

A. B. H. M. S 9,800.00 12,300.00 


Deficit 6,562.02 

Expenditures: $30,099.85 

School supplies $3,272.92 

Repairs 1,311.27 

Special improvements 1,838.65 

Student labor 518.81 

Gratuities 43.75 

Sundries 6,640.01 

Teachers' salaries: 

Slater appropriation 2,500.00 

A. B. H. M. S 9,800.00 

Other salaries 540.00 

Other employees 3,634.44 $30,099.85 

n $30,099.85 

Receipts : 

Tuition $75.00 

Old account 50.84 $125.84 

Deficit 374.16 


Salary $500.00 $500.00 


Tuition $940.00 

Old accounts 115.50 $1,055.50 

Expenditures : 

Salaries $687.50 

Surplus 368.00 $1,055.50 



Tuition $6,261.50 

Contributions 173.74 

Old accounts 257.00 

Judson Wade Leonard Fund 200.00 

Sundries 429.50 $7,321.74 

Deficit 834.53 

Expenditures: $8,156.27 

School supplies $237.00 

Repairs 188.85 

Additions to property 675.77 

Student labor 16.58 

Janitors' services 333.53 

Gratuities 60.00 

Sundries 1,794.54 

Salaries 4,850.00 $8,156.27 



Receipts for board $22,673.19 $22,673.19 

$22,673.19 $22,673.19 
Expenditures : 

Expenditures $12,508.18 

Surplus 10,165.01 $22,673.19 


Medical Department $7,321.74 

Pharmacy Department 1,055.50 

Law Department 125.84 

Literary Department 23,537.83 

Boarding Department 22,673.19 $54,714.10 

Expenditures : 

Medical Department $8,156.27 

Pharmacy Department 687.50 

Law Department 500.00 

Literary Department 30,099.85 

Boarding Department 12,508.18 $51,951.80 

Surplus ... 2,762.30 


Respectfully submitted, 

Charles Francis Meserve.